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Cloetta still window shopping after sales gains

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has recorded sales and profit growth in the second quarter driven by acquisitions and says it is eyeing further buys.

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers in New Zealand supported candy-free checkout zones.

AAK reports 'record' Q2 profits, acquires Frita brand from Unilever

A 40% increase in operating profits for its chocolate and confectionery fats business unit helped AAK to 'record high' results in Q2, while the firm continues its expansion with a deal to buy Turkish oil brand Frita.

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Australia

Study: Energy drinks increase the desire to drink longer and harder from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Australian academics have called for greater analysis of the potential harm caused by mixing energy drinks with alcohol after new research found the practice can turn a few quick drinks into a much longer session.

Cracked? Preventing Salmonella in nuts focus for research from FoodQualityNews.com

Michigan State University (MSU) has been awarded almost $400,000 by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reduce the Salmonella risk of low-moisture foods.

Special edition: Cognitive health

Cognitive health claims range from sublime to ridiculous, experts say from NutraIngredients-USA.com

When it comes to what’s an allowable claim in the realm of cognitive health, ignorance and confusion abound, experts say.

Canada demands clearer nutrition labels from FoodProductionDaily.com

The Canadian government is proposing changes to its labels on food packaging to make the data more accessible and easily understood by consumers.

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Cocoa farmers should have shares in chocolate companies: Divine

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields...

Ferrero acquires hazelnut supplier Oltan
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Ferrero acquires hazelnut supplier Oltan

The world’s biggest hazelnut buyer Ferrero has purchased the world’s largest hazelnut processor The Oltan Group for...

Raw chocolate a Salmonella health risk, says NCA

Is the rise of raw chocolate a safety concern?

The rising trend for raw chocolate may present a health hazard to consumers unless adequate steps to...

Hershey price increase

Hershey follows Nestlé with price hike

Hershey has upped its global wholesale prices by 8% after responding to rising commodity costs including cocoa,...

Lindt acquires Russell Stover: Analysts react

Lindt buys Russell Stover: But life’s no longer like a box of chocolates in the US

Lindt’s Russell Stover acquisition gives it a stronger US foothold, but only in a declining category, say...

Why is there no milk chocolate health claim?

Flavanols crying over split milk chocolate opportunity?

Barry Callebaut says that high flavanol milk chocolate would be too expensive, but is hopeful that its...

European cocoa grind Q2 2014

European cocoa grind decline ‘disappointing’

The amount of cocoa processed in Europe dropped 1% in the second quarter falling below traders’ expectations,...

Price of Chocolate: Breaking poverty cycle in cocoa farming

Paying the price of chocolate: Breaking cocoa farming's cycle of poverty

Industry voices discuss whether raising suggested retail prices for chocolate could incentivise cocoa farmers to invest in...

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